Every Man’s Roses


Photo of Mrs. Dudley Cross rose in bloom

I like roses.  A lot.  They aren’t native, but I’m not a purist either.

At my former home, I grew roses such as Mutabalis, Seven Sisters, Mrs. B.R. Cant, Marie Pavia, The Fairy, and many more.  Some were gifts; others I purchased.

When I moved to this new old house, I wanted to grow roses again; however, I was and am still worried about rose rosette virus.  Apparently, it’s everywhere in Dallas, TX according to Ron Hill of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, and there’s no cure.  If a rose gets rose rosette, it dies.  The virus is transmitted by a mite.

The roses I like aren’t always cheap.  They aren’t the varieties you normally purchase at Lowe’s or Home Depot or even at the local plant nursery for that matter.

I like antique and David Austin roses and to buy these, I either need to order them on-line or go in person to a store like Chamblee’s.  On-line with shipping, the cost generally runs about thirty-plus bucks.  In person, I can pick up some of these roses for between ten and twenty dollars.

I’ve read no one cares any more whether roses are fragrant.  Well, this may be true for other people, but when I select a rose, fragrance is one of the first criteria I look for.  All of the roses I’ve purchased for my current garden with the exception of one are extremely fragrant or at least that’s what their descriptions say.

Last fall, I planted two Mrs. Dudley Crosses and two climbing Cecile Brunners.  (Elly, the Labrador Retriever puppy, ate the first Cecile Brunner.)  The second surviving Cecile Brunner is growing well on my vegetable garden’s wire fence.


Photo of Cecile Brunner blooming in my garden

Mrs. Dudley Cross is not a fragrant rose, but I grew it at my old house, and it was one tough plant.  Dudley Cross seemed to thrive on neglect and little water.—Just the kind of rose I admire!

This spring I planted New Dawn and Buff Beauty (on clearance at Chamblee’s Nursery for $2.) on the wooden privacy fence and Crepuscule on an arch.  I’ve also planted David Austin’s Heritage rose to the side of my mulched pathway. A friend gave me another Seven Sisters rose.


New Dawn in garden.  Petal color has faded from pink to white, and petals are about to drop off

All of the roses with the exception of Seven Sisters bloomed this fall and were lovely.

I’m currently at a stopping point for buying roses because of shade, space constraints, and finally, I want to see how well the ones I already have will do.

I know elite rose clubs exist for rose enthusiasts, but I’m not that dedicated.  Anyway, I prefer to think of my roses as “Every Man’s” roses.—Hardy, easy to grow, not all that rare and perfect for a cottage garden.


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